2 men face charges in Madison gas station shooting that injured 4

2 men face charges in Madison gas station shooting that injured 4

Two men have been arrested in connection with a shooting earlier this month at a Madison gas station that injured four people.

Madison police said Monday that 22-year-old Christopher L. Somersett Jr., of Madison, was taken into custody Friday on Madison’s south side in connection with the shooting Feb. 19 at the BP gas station at 4222 E. Washington Ave.

Somersett faces a tentative charge of attempted first-degree intentional homicide.

Police said 28-year-old Claude D. Knight, of Chicago, was taken into custody Wednesday by the U.S. Marshals’ Fugitive Task Force. He was apprehended in Chicago on a warrant. Police will refer a tentative charge of first-degree reckless endangering safety to the Dane County district attorney.

In the early morning hours of Feb. 19, police responded to a report of shots fired at the BP. As officers arrived, multiple vehicles were leaving the area. A man was found with a non-life-threatening injury at the gas station, and three others arrived at Madison hospitals with non-life-threatening injuries, according to the report. More than 20 bullet casings from at least three different weapons were found at the scene, police said.

Police Chief Mike Koval said the shooting was gang-related and called it a concerning incident. But the same day as the shooting, family members of the men who were shot said that the incident wasn’t related to any gang activity.

Surveillance video and witness statements helped the Madison police violent crimes unit piece together the sequence of events in the BP lot, police said Monday. The evidence also enabled detectives to identify and arrest two of at least three shooters.

Knight was arrested in Chicago and hadn’t been booked into the Dane County Jail yet Monday; no photo was available of him, records department staff said.

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